By Paddy Kenny

10th May, 2021 | 6:00pm

Kenny shares 'shocking' Sheffield United verdict

Sheffield United must find their confidence again or be punished in the Championship next season.

That is according to ex-Blades goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after United’s 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

That was the Yorkshire side’s 28th Premier League defeat this season, moving them to within one match of a record-equalling 29th.

United’s relegation was confirmed in April and they have amassed just 17 points all season.

Kenny claims that restoring self-belief is vital if the club want to avoid freefall in the second-tier in 2021-22.

“Listen, as a team you’ve got to take responsibility,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“You can’t just blame the defence. You defend from the front and work your way through. So I think you’ve got to look at the full team, not just the defence.

“They didn’t start well and the confidence has completely gone from the whole group of players.

“It’s been shocking. When you are low on confidence and struggling, you get punished every time.

“Whoever’s going to be involved next season has got to draw a line under it. That Championship next season is going to be difficult, so they need to get their head around it.”

The Blades are on the hunt for a new manager after long-serving boss Chris Wilder left his post in March.

Club CEO Stephe Bettis announced on 28 April that a five-man shortlist had been drawn up, with interim manager Paul Heckinbottom included.

In other news, Arsenal backed to sign Sheffield United star Sander Berge amid £35million reveal.